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Retail Refresh: Eight Nebraska Sears Hometown Stores Unveil New Appliance Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 2:40PM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
KEARNEY, Neb., April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of eight Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Nebraska culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Beatrice, Bellevue, Columbus, Fremont, Hastings, Kearney, McCook and North Platte. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"This refresh allows our dedicated, local owners and employees to better serve their communities with an enhanced shopping experience, unmatched by any other retailer," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Nebraska...

Three Sears Hometown Stores In Missouri Refresh Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 12:00PM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
MARYVILLE, Mo. - April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of three Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Missouri culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Brookfield, Cameron and Maryville. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"Our Missouri stores have a renewed dedication to customer service and offer their local communities a whole new shopping experience," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Missouri...

Garth McDonald, Of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Awarded 2015 Rookie Coach Of The Year »

April 24, 2015 at 10:56AM PDT | Source: ActionCoach

April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Las Vegas – Garth McDonald, of Medicine Hat, Alberta, won the 2015 Rookie Coach of the Year Award at the ActionCOACH Americas Conference at the Westin Lake Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV on March 7, 2015.
Garth McDonald earned this award thanks to the powerful work he has done with his clients throughout Northern and Southern Alberta over the course of the past year, including coaching his clients to the increased profitability for some who were losing money in their business, to a 20% increase in their first 4 months, as well as building an organization that gives the business owner the ability to work on their business and not just in it!
Garth McDonaldActionCOACH Global Chief Community Officer, Angie Fairbanks along with assistants from Vic Ciuffetelli, ActionCOACH CEO presented the award to Garth McDonald...

Papa John's Introduces: "Knot" Just Another Pizza Deal »

April 24, 2015 at 10:04AM PDT | Source: Papa John's

Get a Large 2-topping Pizza for $10 plus + $4 all-new Garlic Knots online only for a limited-time.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - April 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Papa John's announced today its latest offering: all-new Garlic Knots - a shareable side that's sure to please fans of both its fresh, never frozen, original dough and signature garlic sauce. Papa John's will also offer customers the opportunity to pair a large, two-topping pizza for $10 with new Garlic Knots for just $4 when you order online - $1 lower than the regular menu price of $5.
This limited-time offering starts Monday, April 27 and lasts through May 24. The perfect complement to any Papa John's pizza, the twisted bread knots are oven baked and then sauced with Papa John's delicious, signature garlic parmesan sauce...

Speedemissions, Inc. Announces Year-End 2014 Financial Results »

April 24, 2015 at 9:57AM PDT | Source: SpeedEmissions Car Care, LLC

ATLANTA, GA - (Marketwired - Apr 24, 2015) - Speedemissions, Inc. (OTC PINK: SPMI) (the "Company") is a national retail brand offering consumers automobile emissions testing and safety inspections, as well as the developer BuyCarSafety.com and the Automobile Date Vehicle Information Safety Report ("ADVISR"), today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2014.
For the year ended December 31, 2014, revenue decreased (21.4%) or $1,517,244, from $7,095,937 in the prior year to $5,578,693. This reduction in revenue is primarily due to a the sale of six stores in Houston, five stores in Salt Lake City and eleven stores leases not renewed and/or closed due to lack of performance. The drop in revenue was mitigated by the acquisition of seven Auto Emissions Express in late 2013 and an increase in same store sales of $78,000 or 2...

Retail Refresh: Two Kansas Sears Hometown Stores Unveil New Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 9:14AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
ATCHISON, Kan. - April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of two Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Kansas culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Atchison and Colby. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"This refresh allows our dedicated, local owners and employees to better serve their communities with an enhanced shopping experience, unmatched by any other retailer," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Kansas...

Pizza Pizza Among First Brands To Launch App For Apple Watch »

April 24, 2015 at 9:09AM PDT | Source: Pizza Pizza

TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - April 24, 2015) - It's pizza time. Pizza Pizza customers will now be able to order pizza from their wrist, as the company announces the launch of its app for Apple Watch. Canada's leading pizza chain is among the first brands to introduce an app for Apple Watch.
The Pizza Pizza app for Apple Watch, one of the first to offer food ordering, is based on the company's popular app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad models. It was first launched in 2011 in partnership with Plastic Mobile, and has seen well over half a million downloads to date. The app received a Webby Award, just one month after its launch, for best shopping tool for a handheld device and continues to delight customers.
"We have been on the forefront of innovation since we started delivering pizzas back in 1967," said Paul Goddard, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pizza Pizza Limited...

Tropical Smoothie Café Introduces Luau Sliders And New Mojito Smoothie Line »

April 24, 2015 at 9:03AM PDT | Source: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Popular Café Chain Offers Unique, Seasonal Flavors for May and June
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, is pleased to introduce its new LTO line of Luau Sliders and Mojito Smoothies. The savory and sweet menu offerings can be enjoyed starting April 27th, and will continue through June 28th.
Making its debut on the Tropical Smoothie Café menu this month is a new line of luau sliders, all served on a Hawaiian-style bun and stacked with flavor. A tender balance of spicy and sweet, the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Slider includes grilled chicken, jerk sauce and pineapple & mango salsa...

Hooters Appoints New CMO, CHRO And SVP Of Franchise Operations »

April 24, 2015 at 8:48AM PDT | Source: Hooters

New Executives Bolster Hooters Leadership Team and Growth Strategy with Depth of Restaurant and Retail Expertise
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA, GA – Hooters has welcomed three new executives to “the nest,” most recently naming Carl Sweat as chief marketing officer (CMO) to strategically lead the iconic wing destination’s marketing, public relations and brand management initiatives. Hooters also appointed Terri Hoskins as chief human resources officer (CHRO) to lead organizational development, employee relations and recruitment efforts. Additionally, Pete Servold joined the leadership team to support Hooters robust global expansion initiatives as senior vice president of franchise operations.
Sweat brings a wealth of global industry knowledge to his role as Hooters CMO...

Long Island City Welcomes Its First Hilton Garden Inn »

April 24, 2015 at 8:35AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

Views of the Manhattan Waterfront, access to businesses and cultural attractions bring extra appeal to the new upscale hotel.
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // LONG ISLAND CITY, NY and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide’s award-winning brand of upscale yet affordable hotels, today announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View, representing an addition to the brand’s growing portfolio of more than 600 hotels worldwide.
Hilton Garden Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View is owned by CVR Hotel LLC, and managed by Crescent Hotels and Resorts, LLC. It is the brand's first property in Long Island City.
“We’re excited to provide guests the option to stay in Long Island City, a rapidly growing community only minutes away from Manhattan,” said Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn...

Miami Marlins And Orangetheory Fitness Announce Charitable Partnership »

April 24, 2015 at 8:28AM PDT | Source: Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness To Donate $200 To The Marlins Foundation For Every Giancarlo Stanton Home Run at Marlins Park 
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // MIAMI – The Miami Marlins today announced that they have partnered with Orangetheory Fitness to benefit the Marlins Foundation. For every Giancarlo Stanton home run at Marlins Park in 2015, Orangetheory Fitness will donate $200 to benefit Marlins RBI.
“The Miami Marlins welcome Orangetheory Fitness to the Marlins Foundation and appreciate their support of Marlins RBI,” said Alfredo Mesa, Vice President and Executive Director of Marlins Foundation. “This partnership will highlight the talent of Giancarlo Stanton and support the kids who participate in the Marlins RBI program...

Toys"R"Us, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2014 Lenders And Note Investors Conference Call »

April 24, 2015 at 7:21AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

For Toys"R"Us, Inc., Toys"R"Us – Delaware, Inc., and Toys"R"Us Property Company II, LLC
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us, Inc. is pleased to announce that its fourth quarter 2014 Lenders and Note Investors Conference Call to discuss the financial results of Toys"R"Us, Inc., Toys"R"Us – Delaware, Inc., and Toys"R"Us Property Company II, LLC has been scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Participation in this call is limited to lenders under Toys"R"Us – Delaware, Inc.’s term loan credit agreement dated August 24, 2010 (as amended or supplemented, including by the joinder agreements dated May 25, 2011, April 10, 2012, and October 24, 2014), and to investors and prospective investors in Toys"R"Us Property Company II, LLC’s 8...

Wyndham Worldwide Named To DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies For Diversity For Third Year »

April 24, 2015 at 7:11AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Global hospitality company also named as one of the top 10 companies for Supplier Diversity, Global Diversity, and Diversity Councils.
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Parsippany, N.J. - Recognized for the recruitment, professional development, and inclusive environment provided to all associates, guests and customers, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, was named one of the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity. This marks the third consecutive year Wyndham Worldwide has been in the Top 50.
“With over 34,000 associates serving millions of customers across six continents, our commitment to maintaining strong diversity in perspective, talent, and background keeps Wyndham Worldwide an exceptional hospitality provider, a successful company, and a great place to work,” said Stephen P...

Clarinda Sears Hometown Store Refreshes Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebration to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
CLARINDA, Iowa - April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of the Sears Hometown and Outlet Store in Clarinda culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at 1000 S. 8th Street. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"Our Clarinda store has a renewed dedication to customer service and offers its local community a whole new shopping experience," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of the Sears Hometown Stores in Iowa...

Medifast, Inc. To Announce Financial Results For The First Quarter Ended March 31, 2015 »

April 24, 2015 at 6:46AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss and healthy living products and programs, will announce financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 on Thursday, May 7, 2015, after market close. The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results with additional comments and details. Participants from the Company will be Michael C. MacDonald, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Robinson, Chief Financial Officer, and Margaret Sheetz, President and Chief Operating Officer.
The conference call is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET on May 7, 2015. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the Investor Relations section of Medifast's website at www...

Choice Hotels Hiring Additional 80 Technology Jobs, Completes First Wave Of Phoenix IT Hiring Blitz »

April 24, 2015 at 5:41AM PDT | Source: Choice Hotels

IT operations headquarters hosting career fair in Phoenix, Arizona.
PHOENIX - April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, has announced it is hiring another 80 technology positions to continue to build on recent technological successes. Choice will be holding a career fair and open house on April 29th from 4-7 p.m. MST at the company's Phoenix, Arizona office, where its IT operations are headquartered.
Choice has recently just completed its first wave of additional IT hires in the Phoenix office, adding 110 talented IT professionals onto the team to meet the demands of Choice's recent technological accomplishments.
The company was ranked as the top hotel company on Forbes' Most Innovative Growth Companies list last year, and has experienced several technological successes including a recent partnership with Ford to enable travelers to make hotel reservations "hands-free" while driving certain Ford vehicles...

Aaron's, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2015 Results »

April 24, 2015 at 5:22AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

- Total Revenues of $821.8 Million
- Net Earnings of $49.2 Million; Diluted EPS of $.68
- Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $.73
- Raises 2015 Guidance on Strength of Progressive Business
ATLANTA - April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, today announced revenues and earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2015.
For the first quarter of 2015, revenues increased 40.4% to $821.8 million compared with $585.4 million for the first quarter of 2014. Net earnings increased 28.4% to $49.2 million compared with $38.3 million in the prior year period. Diluted earnings per share were $...

Gymboree Reports Increased Sales And Adjusted EBITDA In The Fourth Quarter Of Fiscal 2014 »

April 24, 2015 at 5:06AM PDT | Source: Gymboree
Gymboree Opportunities Available

Fourth Quarter Comparable Sales Increased 5%
SAN FRANCISCO - April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Gymboree Corporation (the "Company") today reported consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 31, 2015.
Fourth Quarter Highlights include:

Net sales of $375.6 million, increased 7% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013,
Comparable sales (including online sales) increase of 5% with increases in all brands,
Adjusted gross profit margin of 37.2%, an increase of approximately 110 basis points versus last year, and
Adjusted EBITDA of $32.3 million increased 29.1% from the fourth quarter last year.

"We're very pleased with the progress we made in the fourth quarter across our businesses, particularly in Janie and Jack and Crazy 8," said Mark Breitbard, Chief Executive Officer...

American Leak Detection Earns Esteemed Angie's List Super Service Award »

April 24, 2015 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: American Leak Detection

Fourth straight award reflects company's consistently high level of customer service.
MEDFORD, Ore. - April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - For the fourth year in a row, American Leak Detection of Oregon has earned the service industry's coveted Angie's List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.
"We're proud to have been recognized again for our service by a site centered around customer reviews," said Shari Botermans, CEO of Oregon's American Leak Detection franchise. "Every day our team of professional leak specialists is out in the field providing valuable services and saving water."
The Oregon franchise, headquartered in Medford, serves all of Oregon and southwest Washington providing a variety of leak detection services for homes, businesses and municipalities...

13 Sears Hometown Stores In Texas Refresh Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 4:50AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
CLEBURNE, Texas - April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of 13 Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Texas culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Azle, Cleburne, Corsicana, Early, Gatesville, Granbury, Mexia, Mineral Wells, Stephenville, Sweetwater, Temple, Waxahachie and Weatherford. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"Our local communities will love the new shopping experience at Sears Hometown Stores," said Dan Wishard, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Texas...



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